Dalton Criss
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Obituary of Dalton R. Criss

Dalton R. Criss, 18, of the Broadwell Road, Morrisonville, died Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, with several loving family and friends by his side.

He was born in Plattsburgh, July 30, 2001, the son of Dr. Dexter L. and Barbara (Simmons) Criss. He was a 2019 graduate of Peru Central School and was preparing to begin his college career, studying Criminal Justice with a double minor in Music and History. He aspired to work for the U.S. Border Patrol, to continue his path of making the world a better place.

He worked, along with his mom, at Camp Topridge in Saranac Lake to save money for college at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Dalton was a standout athlete at Peru Central High School and excelled at football and wrestling. With perseverance, training and dedication, Dalton went from losing most of his wrestling games as a freshman and sophomore to being almost unbeatable his last two years of high school. Although competitive, he was also very humble; using the mat and gridiron to foster relationships with all the athletes off the mat/field and as friends. In wrestling he was a two-time "NYS 285 Section Seven Champion" as well as a NYS Qualifier.

He was a member of the Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church of Glens Falls, NY where he played drums for Sunday morning services. A "Gospel Choir Baby", Dalton was surrounded by the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir (PSGC) family from birth and served as a Stepper before using his musical talent as a drummer and bassist.

Dalton enjoyed and thrived as a musician, playing the drums and/or string bass, for the Peru Central High School Orchestra, the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir, the Burlington Ecumenical Choir and various other churches in the community, including Faith Tabernacle M.B Church, New Alpha M.B Church, Nazarene Church and New Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Left to cherish the memory of Dalton are, his loving parents, Dr. Dexter L. Criss and Barbara S. Criss of Morrisonville; sisters, Danielle D. Criss of Morrisonville, LaKita Washington Criss of Plattsburgh; maternal grandparents, Rev. Henry Lee Simmons and Velma Simmons of Shelby, MS; and paternal grandmother, Bobbie J. Criss of Morrisonville.

Dalton was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Deacon Johnny L. Criss.

There will be no public calling hours. A Christian Homegoing Service will be held on Saturday, October 5th at 11am at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Peru. Public viewing will begin at 9:30am until 11:00am, in the Church. Committal and burial will proceed immediately after the Homegoing service, in God's Acre Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to a scholarship for any Peru student in Dalton Criss' name who plans to attend SUNY Plattsburgh and major in Criminal Justice, Music, History or Science.

Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.

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